Types of Bacteria that May Lead You to Needing Cosmetic Dentistry
What your cosmetic dentist in Winston-Salem wants you to know
You have over 70 different types of bacteria in your mouth, but most of them don’t cause any damage. In fact, they occur naturally. There are only three different types of oral bacteria that are harmful, but these three can cause major damage to your gums, teeth and bone. Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC wants to tell you a little bit about these bacteria and share some cosmetic dental treatments to hide the damage and renew your smile.
Tooth decay is most often caused by Streptococcus mutans; bacteria that can combine with the sugar in the foods you eat and produce acids strong enough to destroy tooth enamel. Also known as S. mutans, these bacteria grow in all areas of your mouth.
Periodontal disease is caused by two types of bacteria that don’t require oxygen to thrive. Treponema denticola and Porphyromonas gingivalis live under your gumline and cause inflammation of your gums. They also produce toxins that destroy bone and connective tissue support around your teeth, resulting in tooth mobility and loss of teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Perrotta can hide much of the damage caused by bacteria, genetics or other factors. When you choose cosmetic dentistry from Winston-Salem, consider these procedures to enhance your smile:
Teeth whitening treatments, which whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter, with dramatic results that can last up to 5 years; you can choose a quick in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit which allows you to whiten when you want.
Bonding, which repairs small cracks, chips or defects in your teeth; you can also close small gaps between teeth.
Contouring and reshaping, which is often done in combination with bonding; this procedure can reshape poorly-shaped, rotated or damaged teeth, creating a totally natural smile.
Porcelain veneers, which can mask teeth that are:
- Damaged or broken from decay or other factors
- Excessively worn down from aging or poor bite alignment
- Discolored or stained from lifestyle or medications
You don’t have to settle for a smile damaged by bacteria and decay, or a compromised smile due to genetics. Your new smile is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC. You owe it to yourself to discover the magic of cosmetic dentistry, so call today!